Run For Ashlyn
Organized by: Terry Eppler
EVENT DATE Nov 09, 2014
Ashlyn has a form of cancer called Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. It is very rare, esp. in the US....mostly prevalent in Asian countries. Statistically, only 7 out of 1 million in North America develop this type of cancer. Out of that 7 in a million, it is very rare for children to get it. Also very rare for females to get it. She is in the less than 7 in 1 million people to have this type of cancer in North America. The cancer starts in the pharynx and is very hard to detect....symptoms are identical to common cold or virus symptoms. It spreads to the lymph nodes in the neck, which is when ppl find out they have it.
She is in stage 4B.
The treatment will be very aggressive and intense. As of 7/25, she has had surgery to insert a permanent IV chemo port....She will be receiving high radiation & chemo treatments that will result in painful mouth sores that will leave her unable to eat, so during surgery a g-tube was also installed. She will also lose her hair. She's going to be a very sick girl as we try to fight this. She will be in pain and will be on several meds to try to counteract the physical reactions of the treatment. The high frequency of the radiation may cause some hearing loss, which might be temporary....or might be permanent. The radiation may also cause a loss of fertility and hypothyroidism.
As far as we know now, she will have 3 rounds of chemo, followed by 2 rounds of radiation plus chemo combined. She completed her first round of chemo on July 22. She has been very sick and unable to hold down any solids or liquids.
Ashlyn’s family needs your help for her outrageous medical expenses. Anything you can donate will help. To this end, I, Terry Eppler, am running the Ft. Worth Marathon on November 9, 2014. The race is 26.2 miles and there are many rational reasons why I should not be doing this: e.g., I have NOT trained for this race at all until maybe tommorrow morning (August 12); I have bad asthma; I like to drink beer, I have been eating poorly, etc. (just to name a few things).
Thankfully, I'm not a rational person and sane is an adjective rarely used to describe me (many who know me will agree). But you can be rational and sane by doing something good to help this girl/family and/or entertain yourself by pledging to make a contribution for each mile that I manage to finish in this race... or entertaining yourself by betting against me finishing this race as the odds are over-whelmingly on your side. Now, I don't expect to win but I do promise to finish (even if I have to crawl)...or I will die trying.
It will be entertaining as my progress for each mile (or my demise) will be posted in real-time on Facebook throughout the race as I run the morning of November 9th. Rest assured! Even if I do not finish, 100% of your donations will still go to Ashlyn’s medical expenses.